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Second Guessing

The Orioles gave the Yankees their third win in 11 games -two of which have come from closer Koji Uehara’s arm – and the O’s clubhouse afterward were left wondering what might have been, questioning the pitch that came prior to Alex Rodriguez’s homer.

“The pitch before the home run, the fastball inside, I didn’t get that call,” Uehara said through interpreter Jiwon Bang of his 1-2 offering, which home plate umpire Ted Barrett ruled a ball. “[I’m] a little disappointed.”

Said A-Rod: “I didn’t think it was close. I thought it was a good no-call.

“From where I was looking, I could see  [the Orioles] whole dugout. And their whole dugout literally jumped like out of the dugout hoping or expecting that to be strike three. So they laughed at me and I laughed at them a little. It was over the white line. I thought the first pitch was borderline, and he called it a strike. Every pitch after I thought was worse than that.”

Manager Buck Showalter was in agreement with Koji and said the pitch “was close. It was obviously a better pitch than strike one to [Matt] Wieters [in the ninth inning],”said Showalter. “I’ll tell you that.”

“It was a good pitch,” Orioles starter Kevin Millwood said of Uehara’s 1-2 offering.”I mean, it was a ball. But it was a good pitch. You can’t fault the umpire for calling a ball a ball.”

“Well I can’t change the results,” said Uehara, who declined to talk about if the non-call affected him.

“It’s not that I’m going to die from it. So just start all over tomorrow.”

Orioles-Tigers lineup

*Felix Pie is expected to arrive tonight and if all goes as planned Frank Mata will be optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. It could be Josh Bell, but if Kevin Millwood goes the distance the Orioles could get by with one less arm.
*Josh Bell is available. He was dealing with right leg cramps but said it’s not a big deal. He has had knee surgery previously, but that was on the left side. Interim manager Juan Samuel said Bell is available to pinch hit or play the field if necessary.
*Michael Gonzalez won’t return until after the All-Star Break. Gonzalez is scheduled to make three more rehab appearances this week, starting with Tuesday, and then will go back-to-back Friday and Saturday. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz speculated last week that Gonzo might be after the break, and now it looks like that’s a more definite timetable.
*It’s hot, which we know is a problem for Koji.But Samuel said he is available and since he didn’t throw at all during the Boston series, you’d imagine the O’s will use him in one of these first two games.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jake Fox 1B
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

TIGERS LINEUP:

Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Carlos Guillen 2B
Brandon Inge 3B
Alex Avila C
Ramon Santiago SS
Andy Oliver LHP

Atkins DFA'ed, Koji back

The Orioles designated Garrett Atkins for assignment prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals, recalling right-handed reliever Koji Uehara in his place.

Atkins was signed as a free agent in December 2009 after seven season in
Colorado. He is a career .285 hitter but batted just .214 with nine
RBIs and one home run in 2010.  The pending  return of outfielder Felix
Pie –coupled with the production of Jake Fox and Scott Moore — made
Atkins’ release in Baltimore a near certainty, with rumors swirling the last few days.

Atkins, well aware of his situation, told MLB.com on Friday the chance to get regular at-bats and play for another team would be a “welcome opportunity.”

Uehara has been on the disabled list since May 20 (right forearm strain). He threw 21 pitches for four batters in a simulated inning prior to Thursday’s game against the Marlins and was given two days to rest before being activated. In six appearances this season Uehara has pitched five innings with a 1.80 ERA.

Orioles/Nats game 1 lineups and tidbits

By now you know, the Garrett Atkins Era is still in full swing in Baltimore. Although, he told me a change would be a “welcome opportunity.” I saw Atkins talking to Pat Burrell when the team was in San Francisco, and he admitted that being released isn’t always a bad thing. Pat the Bat has found his stroke away from the AL East. What cruel irony that would be for Orioles fans if Atkins were to hit elsewhere.

Instead of Atkins, Lou Montanez will hit the DL, in a move expected to come down postgame.

*As was reported earlier in the week, Michael Gonzalez will go on a rehab assignment this upcoming week. He came through from today’s game with no reported problems and is on track to possibly join the team on July 2’s roadtrip.

*Felix Pie should be on that trip as well, if there are no setbacks. He played in Frederick yesterday and went 2-for-5 and is expected to get some more time tonight.

*Koji Uehara is coming back, either Sunday or Tuesday.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jake Arrieta RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP:
Nyjer Morgan CF
Cristian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Ivan Rodriguez C
Mike Morse RF
Brendan Harris LF
Ian Desmond SS
J.D. Martin RHP

Trembley on Koji, pending roster moves

There’s been speculation about what will happen if when Koji Uehara is placed on the disabled list. When asked point-blank if the Orioles would bring up a reliever, this is what manager Dave Trembley said….

“There’s all kinds of possibilities. And I couldn’t tell you which way we are going right now, but I understand what you are alluding to. I’m very much aware of it, [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is] very much aware of it,[pitching coach Rick Kranitz is] very much aware of it. I know Koji feels absolutely terrible. The timing of [his injury] couldn’t have come at a worse time for us.  

We know what the possibilities [are] but to be very honest with you I couldn’t tell you what we are going to do.”

“I know this, what you don’t need is another guy in the bullpen that throws one inning. That’s what you don’t need. You need somebody that can give you multiple innings because people are on [Matt] Albers, people are on [Cla] Meredith. You have to go with what you have. I’ve used those guys an awful lot and you need somebody to give you more than one inning. That’s just what you need.

“I was hoping to get that out of [Mark] Hendrickson yesterday, didn’t happen.  That’s why I stayed with [starter Brad] Bergesen, I’d like to see what everybody said if I had taken Bergesen out of after five. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You got to understand what’s going on.”

This will be Koji’s fourth trip to the DL since he joined the Orioles last season. Given his success in Japan, this is not what anyone expected.

“All I knew was his history, that he pitched, he had a lot of innings and he pitched very well. And that’s what my expectation was. I think that’s what everybody’s expectation was,” Trembley said.

“The decision was made, the right one, to put him in the bullpen [this year]. Short stints, he was going to help our club, we slot him right in. We have what potentially looks like another setback and it’s difficult to deal with. I like putting him out there.

“For the most part he’s reliable, he gets your three outs and he doesn’t throw a lot of pitches. He’s good.”

Koji's status could effect Tillman, Arrieta

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara wasn’t available for the third consecutive game on Saturday and is dealing with right elbow pain similar to the injury that ended his 2009 campaign.  Uehara said he first felt something during Wednesday’s 30-pitch outing in Texas and although nothing is official, the Orioles right-hander could be facing another trip to the disabled list. Uehara hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, leaving an already-short Orioles bullpen further depleted.

The question is what do the Orioles do now? Koji has to go to the DL if he can’t pitch (which would be his 4th trip to the DL since last May). And Trembley said he wouldn’t be available tomorrow which again leaves the bullpen in a bind. They’ve had to get 40 outs in the last three days and with Alberto Castillo being optioned back following Thursday’s loss, you really can’t blame Trembley for the decision to leave in Brad Bergesen in the sixth and then go to long man Mark Hendrickson.

Was it the right move? No. But it was his only move. 

The Orioles starters have failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the last three games, and before that Jeremy Guthrie went six on Wednesday. That puts more pressure on winless veteran Kevin Millwood, who basically needs to throw a complete game to help the pen catch up.

If there isn’t a roster move tomorrow, Monday’s off day could get interesting. Do the Orioles bring back up Castillo, who was largely ineffective in his last stint ? Do they move David Hernandez -who is most effective early — to the bullpen and call up Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta? Or do they move one of those two young guys up the bullpen to ease them into the rotation and bolster the ‘pen’s depth?

Make no mistake- Tillman and Arrieta are close. So close that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail paid a visit to Norfolk to watch their last start. When they do come up, what role they have is largely uncertain. But if it were up to me, I’d put Hernandez in the ‘pen and give Tillman or Arrieta a starting spot. Given Hernandez’s stuff, he could be scary good out of the bullpen. And right now, the Orioles don’t have too many relievers you feel good about going to in a tight spot. 
 

Wieter's Bday bruise & Os/Nats lineups

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*Scott Moore is in uniform (No. 40) and will ready to play off the bench. He said he’s been mostly playing second base at Norfolk but is comfortable playing around the infield.

*Matt Wieters is out of the lineup today with a bruised right knee. He fouled off a pitch in his third-inning at bat Thursday night and was sporting a pretty nice shiner. Said the game’s adrenaline kept him from feeling a lot of pain, and the team’s training staff was hoping to get some of the swelling down with treatment today. He was due for a day off soon anyhow. Oh, and it’s his 24th birthday, as Brian Matusz informed me. So Happy Birthday, Matt.

*Koji Uehara will not be available to pitch tonight. He saw, through interpreter Jiwon Bang, that he was told he will get the day off. Uehara also said the heat wasn’t a factor in Texas so much as his extended  30-pitch outing was. Trembley had mentioned giving Uehara a little breather, so I guess that’s what this is.

*As expected, red-hot Luke Scott is getting the start at first base in place of Garrett Atkins.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Adam Jones CF
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
David Hernandez RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP:

Willie Harris RF
Christian Guzman 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Pudge Rodriguez C
Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond SS
Scott Olsen LHP

O's/Twins at Target Field

The Orioles will try to halt a three-game skid tonight, with Brad Bergesen taking the mound opposite Carl Pavano. Not much pregame but here are the tidbits…

*Koji Uehara is here and said he’s ready to go. Manager Dave Trembley said he will use Koji in the later innings, and if Simon was not available (say he pitched a few days in a row) Koji could get the ball in a save situation.
*Asked if there would be a roster shakeup given the team’s poor performance Trembley didn’t say one way or another. “Let’s get through the road trip,” he said.
*Adam Jones was back in the lineup after being scratched with a right hip strain yesterday afternoon. Trembley said if Jones was unavailable he would have slid Nick Markakis over from right given Target Field’s vast outfield. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

TWINS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel LF
Wilson Ramos C
Alexi Casilla SS
Nick Punto 3B

RHP Carl Pavano

Arrieta, Tillman, Welty Honored

Chris Tillman earned International League Player of the Week for last week’s stellar performance, highlighted by Wednesday’s no-hitter against Gwinnett
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It was Norfolk’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Dave Telgheder t in May 1992 and also marked Tillman’s first career game.  After a rough start to the season, Tillman is 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA in five starts. He is slated to make his sixth start tonight against Scranton, with Koji Uehara throwing the second of his back-to-back relief outings.
 
Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles pitcher of the month. He entered the week with an International League-leading 1.61 ERA in five starts and is holding opponents to a .171 batting average. The 24-year-old Arrieta is 2-1 and has allowed four earned runs over 31 innings.

Player of the Month honors went to Ronnie Welty of the Frederick Keys.  Welty hit .279 with six homers and 21 RBIs in April, slugging .603 in 18 games.

Red Sox/Orioles Game 2

The Orioles have a chance for a series win tonight, with right-hander Brad Bergsen making his first start since being activated from Triple-A.

*Jim Johnson was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Bergesen

*Koji Uehara will not throw Saturday as planned, he will throw Sunday and Monday. The change is because the club wants to see him throw back-to-back days and didn’t want Koji to throw Saturday’s night game and Sunday’s day game. He could be activated after that.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF

Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

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